Throughout the United States’ history, race and racism have been contentious issues, whether that be slavery, the civil rights movement, or even more recently, the Black Lives Matter movement. Understanding race helps us to better understand our history as Americans, and the unknown privileg…

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It was only because I had recently been informed of the death of one of my high school classmates that I was prompted to dig out my old yearbook. Michele sure looked a lot different then; then again, so did I. So did we all.

What do you think of when you hear the words, Battle Creek, Michigan? Those words transport me back to my childhood. That’s the place where many dreams were realized. I can’t tell you how many envelopes I sent to a post office box there as a kid. Until recently I’d never been there. Two week…

Tuesday would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, and next Monday, the library is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I read a bit about him recently and was reminded of what an impressive and accomplished man he was. He graduated from his segregated high school at t…

For some time now, I’ve advocated that primary caregivers should take advantage of all the resources that are available to them. With that said, how many of you have considered making your children part of the caregiving plan? It’s a better idea than you might think.

With cold weather finally here, what sounds better than a nice, hot bowl of soup? Westerly Senior Center will be holding a Soup Night on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. George Routhier will be preparing homemade pizza soup, clam chowder, Canadian pea soup (which uses yellow peas), and Germ…

Heading out to New London the other evening, the darkness was shrouded in thick fog, all the way along I-95 and over the Gold Star Bridge. It took me back, way back, or, at least, cleared the way to retrieve something I wrote in 1983, when I worked as an editorial writer.

I skipped my workout this morning. I usually go to the YMCA in Westerly four or five days a week. This morning I woke up and I couldn’t face the pain. If you have ever exercised you know what I am talking about. Whether you are walking on the treadmill, or the elliptical trainer, or riding a…

If you know me, you know I am not a fan of Christmas letters ... those overly-long, boring missives filled with details no one cares about except the writer of same. Therefore I groaned when a week or so ago I first opened the envelope postmarked “Cincinnati” containing a beautiful card but …

I was in a hurry and I didn’t know where I was going. Actually, the truth is that I knew who I wanted to see but I didn’t know where to find her. I got a call that one of my parishioners was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital. Upon arriving I went in and gave the name to the receptionist. Sh…

New Year’s Day 2019 marks the beginning of the 350th anniversary of Westerly, and many exciting events are being planned. On Jan. 1, there will be a Unity Bell Ringing, as 30 bells throughout our town will peal from noon to 12:01. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the joyous sounds either at…

To keep a tradition going, I am once again writing my own version of the classic "A Visit from St. Nicholas"  also known as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. My apologies to Clement Vincent Moore.

December is disappearing before our eyes, and 2019 will be here before we know it. That being said, there are still 2 weeks left in this year, so there’s no need to give up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet! Here are a few things that you can do before 2018 ends to help kick off the new yea…

The holiday season is in full swing at the Westerly Senior Center with this week being the last full week until the week of Jan. 6. Floor and table shuffleboard will be held this week and then restarting on Jan. 8. The center will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 so that ou…

I didn't really feel like working out. Nonetheless I was up and out the door and on my way to the YMCA. I had already determined that it was going to be a short morning. I was going to hop on the treadmill for 15 minutes and then head home for a shower. I had a ton of excuses for why I could…

Unlike most of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" designees since 1927, we can be certain none of those featured this year on that iconic, red-framed cover wanted to be there.

The holidays are about giving in so many ways. We give presents, share homemade cookies or pumpkin bread (or insert your holiday baking specialty here), and spend time with family and friends. People gather to sing songs, watch tree lightings, and share a cocoa and some holiday cheer. If you…

I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. I had just come back from visiting my father. I know I shouldn’t be saying this. It sounds so vain. After all, I’m no prize to look at. What struck me though was the fact that I could see my father in my reflection. He and I have the same eyes and mouth…

Six years ago, just about this time of year, I attended a holiday gift show at a school in Exeter-West Greenwich. Wandering around, I stopped at the booth for the Exeter Animal Shelter. They had elected not to bring animals to the show where they might easily have been overwhelmed, but they …

November 11, 2018, marked the centennial of the signing of the World War I Armistice. It also marked the 100th anniversary of women in the military. Across our great nation numerous ceremonies were held in remembrance of these two historic events.

I had to laugh. My friend John said, “It’s a teeny, weenie part. There are only a few line to memorize. Will you help me out?” Like a fish grabbing the bait, I was hooked. The play was being produced by Luis Pabon. His kids always put on a great show. Besides, it was a benefit for the Tommy …

At some point, even the healthiest and most independent among us may face a period of incapacity, be it from illness, injury or even old age. There may very well come a time when you can no longer handle your own business and financial affairs due to incapacity or incompetency, whether perma…

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January when families gather, homes sparkle, and travel spikes. Distracted drivers, holiday decorations, candles, and cooking all contribute to an increased number of accidents and fires.  Your local firefighters urge …

Rose says she goes there every chance she gets to see the pole. It makes her feel good, gives her a sense of peace. That warms my heart, but even though I view her action and feeling positively, I can’t see where a pole is going to make a shred of difference in the big picture of things.

Perspective. It is a matter of where you are and what you are engaged in at any given time. I saw a meme on Facebook today. It was from a page called Inspiring Quotes. A woman was sitting with a cup of coffee. It read, “When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is tha…

The radio stations have been playing Christmas carols for weeks now, and department stores have had holiday decorations and gifts on display since approximately July, so it’s easy to forget that we are not even through November yet! Thanksgiving is now only a few days away, though, which mea…

Like everyone, you want to retire comfortably without worrying about running out of money. That’s why you should consider every available source of income for your retirement years. One such source might be a fixed annuity, but is it right for you?

We circled the parking garage. The car had to be right around the next corner.  It was like something right out of a Seinfeld episode. We thought we remembered exactly where we had parked. The car wasn't there. We walked around and around. Then I started laughing. I felt like George Costanza.